James R. Garfield
May 12, 1908.Dear Sir;I enclose a copy of my decision in the application Of San Francisco for the lake Eleanor and Hatch Hetehy resorvoir sites. I had expected to close this matter several days ago, but delayed from day to day to consider most carefully the conditions under which the grant should be made. It must he rememhered that the duty imposed Upon the Secretary of the Interior in acting on grants of this kind prevents him from considering merely the preservation of the park in its natural state, but he must, as wel consider what [illegible] will give the greatest number.I appreciate the spirit which prompted your objections to the use of the Yalley for reservoir purposes, and thank yon for the interest you have shornVary truly yours[illegible]secretary.Mr. John Muir,San Francisco, California( 1 [illegible])
[Washington, D. C.]
1908 May 12
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